Jan. 22, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Regardless if the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3rd in New Orleans, there will be a former University of Maryland player hoisting the Lombardi Trophy following the game.
The 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl after earning the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first round bye. In the Divisional Playoff round the 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 45-31, and in last Sunday's NFC Championship game defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in Atlanta.
The Ravens opened the playoffs with a 24-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round. In the Divisional Playoff round they defeated the No. 1 seed Denver Broncos 38-35 in double overtime to advance to last Sunday's AFC Championship game. In the AFC Championship game they defeated the New England Patriots 28-13 to earn the right to play the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
Davis is finishing his seventh year playing for the 49ers after being the team's first-round selection and sixth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games of the 2012 regular season and finished with 41 receptions for 548 yards and five touchdowns. After being limited to only one catch for 44 yards against the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round, Davis caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in the NFC Championship game.
Smith has been a consistent threat at wide receiver for the Ravens during his two years in the NFL after being selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. Smith finished the 2012 regular season with 49 receptions for 855 yards and eight touchdowns. Smith has continued this play in the postseason, adding nine catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns. His best game of the postseason was against the Broncos, when he recorded three catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns.
Williams joins Smith on the Ravens roster. After appearing in 11 games during the regular season and recording five tackles on special teams he was placed on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury on December 26th.
Maryland is also one of only 14 schools to have one player on both active rosters and one of three schools to have positional starters on both teams, joining Ole Miss and the University of Miami.